Regardless of which brand you use, most dryers work the same way – they take a load of clothes, spins them in a tumbler, and turns up the heat to make any water evaporate. And yes, it takes around an hour, give or take, to dry any size of load. That changes with the Morus Zero.
A faster dryer, the appliance vows to dry any wet clothes you put inside in just 15 minutes. That means, shorter wait times and lower energy consumption, as you can dry a small batch of clothes in a literal fraction of the time compared to a traditional dryer.
No, the Morus Zero isn’t designed to be a full-time replacement for the dryer you’ve got sitting in the basement – it’s way too small for that. It’s so small, in fact, that the darn thing is designed for countertop use, allowing you to keep it on a table or countertop, whether in the kitchen, bathroom, or somewhere else where handling wet clothes won’t create a mess. This makes it unusable for an entire batch of laundry, but should be great for drying a few items of clothing in a pinch. Got some food stain on the shirt you were planning to wear today? Wash the garment in the sink and dry it here before leaving the house. Decided to hand-wash some delicates after taking a bath? Dry them quickly here and get them ready to fold in a quarter of an hour.
It manages the impressive 15-minute drying through the use of what they call “vacuum+ dehydration technology,” which employs a high-performance vacuum pump to create a low-pressure environment that allows water to evaporate at a higher speed. This vacuum pressurization works hand-in-hand with the infrared light to enable the abridged drying process, while an integrated UV light eliminates any bacteria present, leaving your clothes as fresh as they are dry.
The Morus Zero uses a trio of motors that allow it to control the direction, speed, and acceleration of the tumbler, which the outfit has custom-programmed such that it will minimize wrinkling in the garments. A moisture sensor automatically turns off the device when it no longer detects the presence of water in the chamber, so you don’t waste any electricity heating up erstwhile dry items. It also doesn’t use a vent like traditional dryers, eliminating the need for complicated installation. Instead, all the water it dries out of the clothes are collected in an integrated tank, which you can simply clean out after each session. There’s even an indicator that lets you know whenever the tank needs to be emptied out.
A small screen on top shows the state of operation at any time, while physical buttons allow to control the dryer’s function. It’s plug-and-play, too, so you just set it down on a table, hook it up a to an outlet, and it’s ready to use. Dimensions are 15 x 18 x 20 inches, with the front-loading tumble chamber able to hold loads up to 3.3 pounds.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Morus Zero. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $299.